An electronic newsletter from the BSU School of Graduate Studies

Vol. 4, No. 5

November 2007


The Process

Registration: Grad classes

Starting the count of seven years to complete a degree

Form 1: Applying for admission to graduate studies

Completing 13-16 graduate credits after admission

Form 2: Applying for candidacy in a graduate degree program

Taking the written exam at the end of course work

Form 3: Proposing a research paper or thesis

Doing the work and writing the results

Form 4: Applying for graduation

Submitting the research paper or thesis for review

Form 5: Scheduling the oral examination

Defending your graduate work



This month . . .

·      Ins and Outs: Investigating Grad Programs

               The Science Program

·      Summer Science Institute

·      Q&A: Question of the Month?


Featuring the MS in Science Program



The degree… 


Master of Science degree in Science – this degree provides a broad view of science necessary to an understanding of interrelationship among the sciences.  Study includes the strengthening of each student’s undergraduate preparation with a focus on the science curriculum for grades 5-12.



All candidates must either demonstrate their research potential by contributing an original work to a science discipline, or show their ability to interpret science by preparing a research paper.




This degree requires:

1.       an undergraduate teaching major in biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, physical science, or broad science;

2.       satisfactory performance on any departmental qualifying examination which may be required;

3.       papers and/or a conference as evidence of the applicant’s depth of understanding in the basic sciences. 


Competency Requirement


Students are expected to have a working knowledge of applied statistics.  This requirement may be satisfied by successfully completing SCI 6350 Computer Applications in Statistics.


The Thesis/Research Paper…


Students are expected to complete either a Graduate Thesis or Research paper.














Q&A: Sample Paper in APA?

Q: Where can I find a sample paper written in APA style?

A: In two places: in reference materials and in campus archives.


·    Publication Manual of the APA (study the sample paper, pages 306-320, and the differences noted for student papers, pages 321-326).

·    Handbook for the Preparation of the Thesis or Research Paper (the link is on the Graduate Forms web page).


·    BSU student thesis: Search the Library catalog by subject, title, or author; retrieve it from the general collection (4th and 2nd floors); check it out at the Circulation Desk (3rd floor).

·    BSU student research paper: Contact the applicable department or program office.






Summer Science Institute Program (SSIP)


For those who are considering pursuing Graduate courses in Science Education, check out the Summer Science Institute.

The Summer Science Institute program (SSIP) has been offering graduate level courses in Science Education for Teachers since 1994.  If you are interested in participating in the program, please check the BSU summer online catalog for details when it comes available.  In order to register for classes, you need to either be admitted into the program or obtain Special Student status. Contact Joan Miller at or call 218-755-2027 for more information or click the link for the BSU Graduate Studies Home page.     

Please feel free to contact the program director, Dr. John Truedson, if you have any questions.












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